My Morning Routine

I used to hate waking up in the morning and even nowadays I find it extremely hard to get out of bed sometimes but, in most days, I find myself on my feet around 06:00 and by the time the clock hit 10:00 I’m already after a short workout, a Yoga session, a nice breakfast and I’m all set up for what I’ll do for the rest of the day.
 
This time between 6-10 A.M has changed my life, I’m more energetic thru out the day, I have the energy do to all of the boring work stuff I just have to get done each day (emails, accounting, bank etc.) before I can do what I love doing.
 
All to all the days that I can have a head start are so beneficial for me – I have the time to reflect and plan my day – most of the people I know only wakes up at 10 A.M or if they have to go to work, they set the alarm to exactly the minimum time they need in order to rush to work just so they could get that 10 extra minutes of sleep, not me.
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The real question is how? How did I do it?
I can only tell you what works for me, as I tried so many different things in the past 2 years! Until some of them just stuck and I guess that first you just need to try sh*t, just do it, I mean what do you have to lose?
 
 
What eventually worked out for me was this:
I sat down and wrote everything that I would want to get done by 10 A.M, it took me a long time to do it and I’ve really put a lot of thinking into that small list:
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• Wake up!
• Fitness workout
• Learning to ride a mountain bike (that’s a good story by itself – soon to come)
• Yoga
• Practice French
• Emails and boring work stuff
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I began by just waking up early for 10 days in a row, if I could not wake up for 10 days in a row I would try again until I had no problem getting out of bed – it took me about 3 tries (that’s 30 days!) until I got the whole 10 days straight.
 
But I’ve never committed to do anything more than just waking up at 6 A.M if I wanted to do some other stuff that was on my list than I did and if not I would just do what ever I felt like doing – YouTube video mostly – just to keep myself distracted from all the thoughts that went thru my head trying to let me be aware of every reason why I should go back to bed! “it’s not healthy to sleep less than 8 hours, it’s cold outside, my body needs the energy, I won’t be able to make it through the rest of the day” and so on… So, I kept myself distracted, especially at the start when I felt that everything that I was doing, was wrong!
 
After I managed to complete the 10 days in a row I moved on to the next item on the list, I would wake up at 6 A.M and do a 10-20 min workout, nothing fancy, just a short body weight exercise: HIIT, static strength or whatever I felt like doing.
 
Again, after 10 days in a row I’d move on to the next item until I had managed to do all of them together for 10 days! – and that felt good!
 
The very next thing that I’ve done is to check if I could combine some of them to see if maybe I could get some more things into the list before 10 A.M.
 
So, I took the fitness workout and mountain bike learning and made them one and after that I’d combined Yoga with my French practice with the help of a simple recording app that I’d record my lessons and listen to them during my morning Yoga session.
All of that led to what I discovered to be the most important item to be added to my short list:
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• Rest
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Yes, rest, I’ve decided that I want to rest, do nothing, sit outside, whatever for about 10-15 minutes – and you won’t believe what a great feeling I had when I was done!
Later on, “rest” became “meditation” but that’s a different story and I’ll cover that on a different post.
 
That’s what worked for me, if you feel like it would work for you too than give it a try! But the most important step is to try new things, just start somewhere and move on at your own pace, I’d love to hear what works for you? What are your struggles?
 
One more thing that might help, I heard it a long time a go and I have no idea who said this one, but it was my main motivation for all of this morning habits journey:
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day, now what you do with them is your choice”
(or something like that) – unknown
 

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